Its love, life, sex, and all the messes they create, in the city by the bay. Your Major Spoilers review of Getting It Together #1 from Image Comics, awaits!
GETTING IT TOGETHER #1
Writers: Sina Grace & Omar Spahi
Artists: Jenny D. Fine & Sina Grace
Colorist: Mx. Struble
Letterer: Sean Konot
Editor: Shanna Matuszak
Publisher: Image Comics
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: October 7th, 2020
Previously in Getting It Together: Sam and Jack are best friends, and Sam is dating Lauren, Jack’s indie rocker sister and roommate. When Sam and Lauren open up their long-term relationship, skyrocketing tensions send social shockwaves through their friend group and the entire Bay Area.
Keeping it Together #1 opens up with post breakup between Sam and Lauren with Jack trying to console is friend. Sam explains that they had been talking about possibly having an open relationship and Lauren had gone on to sleep with someone else which is not what Sam had in mind. Over at Lauren’s, she explains her side to Jack. Apparently she thought that they were opening up the relationship because she’s going on tour so she decided to give it a go with a member of her band, Ashton. Jack then informs her he has to go get ready for a date with someone named Colton. On the date Jack and Colton hit it off and start dating regularly. Later while flirting with Colton, Jack accidentally sends Sam the name of the guy Lauren had slept with. Jack then finds out some information about Colton from his favorite barista that drastically changes his opinion of his new boyfriend.
Just Watch Netflix
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A group of attractive 20-something year olds, living in a city, are very open about sex, have trendy jobs, and have relationship issues. There’s no getting around the similarity of this comic to a lot of shows out there (I mean, the cover is an homage to Friends), that’s not really the problem here. The issue is that in a post- Sex and The City, The L Word, Queer as Folk, High Fidelity, How I Met Your Mother, world nothing about this really sets itself apart from things of its ilk, other than it being a comic and not a TV show. While there is enough room left at the end for some interesting developments to come there’s not much in this issue that in itself is exceptionally funny, unique, or challenging. Everything is pretty cookie cutter. All that being said though, I did find that the story was approachable and could see this being a choice for someone who isn’t familiar with comic books and is looking for something new to check out.
Clean and Fitting Character Designs
While the story is nothing to write home about, the art in this issue is very nice. While it might not be very flashy or technically impressive, it is very clean and discernible. All the characters look unique from each other, the action is clearly seen, there’s a varied yet realistic color scheme, and the expressions match the dialog. The art basically checks off everything that it needs to in order to be an asset to the comic itself. This lends itself to the approachability of this book.
The Bottom Line: Hold Off On This One
Even though the slice of life genre isn’t exactly known for its variety there are plenty of examples out there that manage to do something interesting with the typical elements, this isn’t one of those examples. Getting It Together #1 travels down a path that’s not only worn, but paved, painted, and well-maintained. It’s not that it is downright bad, just uninspired. 2.5 out of 5 stars.
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Getting It Together #1
Getting It Together #1 is desperately trying to be a trendy and honest story about love and sex, much like so many others before it. Unfortunately it doesn’t do enough to set itself apart from those other stories and comes across as bland.